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Fourth Grade Curriculum

Phonics and Reading:

A continued introduction to critical thinking and reading, using novels and a basal reader with selections from classical children’s literature. Students investigate plot and characterization in detail, interpret conditional statements, and distinguish stated and implied main ideas.

Monthly book reports are required from supplemental reading.

Memorization includes weekly poems and speeches, how-tos, retell a story and oral presentation of special reports.

Spelling words are grouped according to phonetic rules, reviewed throughout the year.

Grammar:

Grammar topics include types of sentences, simple and complete subject and predicate, nouns (common, proper, plural, and possessive), verbs (linking, helping, irregular, tenses, agreement), Dewey decimal system and parts of a book, adverbs, adjectives, roots, synonyms, antonyms, pronouns (subject, contractions, object and possessive), prepositions and prepositional phrases, conjunctions, compound subjects and predicates, and direct objects.

Composition:

Written work includes letters (friendly, business, thank you, envelopes); paragraphs (descriptive, how-to, opinion); writing conversation; use of the thesaurus, atlas, and almanac; research skills for a required report including note-taking, outlining, rough draft, and final copy. Students are expected to apply their knowledge of grammar, spelling, and vocabulary to final drafts.

Handwriting:

Cursive letter formation is reviewed with emphasis on consistent slant and spacing.

Math:

Students learn fractions (proper, improper, and mixed numbers); place value through hundred millions; Roman numerals through thousands; finding common denominators of fractions; long division and multiplication; rounding numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand; decimals; interpretation of line, circle, and bar graphs; story problems involving all four operations; and measurement. Saxon Math 65 is followed.

Geometry includes symmetry; congruence; parallel and perpendicular lines; acute, right, and obtuse angles; and more advanced characteristics of polygons. Oral mental math questions increase fluency.

Logic and Computers:

Students increase vocabulary with defined lists, arrange the order of details in a selection, distinguish between fact and fiction, identify an unstated opinion, distinguish between parts and a whole, determine connotations of synonyms and antonyms, complete and initiate analogies, and use map-reading skills.

Computer learning involves all the concepts of Logo, as well as improved speed and accuracy in keyboarding. Learning programs reinforce academic learning.

Social Studies:

TEXTBOOK: States and Regions (HBJ)

Students discuss the variety in the U.S. as a whole; effects of rivers, mountains, deserts, and plains in the U.S. and in the world; regions of the U.S. (introduce resources, long ago, and now); Northeast, Southeast, Great Lakes, Plains, Southwest, Mountain states, and the Pacific; and the dependence of people and regions to work together in our country.

Special assignments include a special report and memorization of U.S. Presidents and states and capitals.

Science:

Science topics include plant patterns; classification of animals; use of forests; systems of the body and care of the body; composition of the atmosphere and effects on climate; structure of the Earth’s crust and plate tectonics; measuring distances in space, stars, and galaxies; scientific method; measurement; changing states of matter; energy transfer and conservation; and measurement and mixtures of matter.

Wild Goose science lab allows hands-on experiments relating to the mentioned topics.

Music:

Theory, rhythms, and mood will be discussed; a variety of songs will allow enjoyment and appreciation; and preparation for school programs involves staging. Some composers are introduced.

Art:

Items are drawn from basic shapes, faces are explored, and some perspective is introduced. Weekly and seasonal projects involve weaving, painting, modeling. Art composition and color coordination are discussed; some artists are introduced.

Physical Education:

A general program of fitness and interaction. Activities involve the skills and rules of group games (soccer, basketball, kickball, and softball). Sportsmanship is stressed.

Presidential and National physical fitness requirements will be practiced throughout the year and passed off as proficiency develops.

Skiing is enjoyed by the school group in the winter for six weekly sessions.